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Backlash Building Against The Man Who Invented Christmas

ChristmasWeekly.com
September 7, 2017

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There is a new Christmas movie headed to theaters this Christmas about Charles Dickens about his creation of A Christmas Carol and Christmas purists hate it. Already.

The film has a stellar cast that features the dreamy-eyed Dan Stevens as Dickens and the legendary Christopher Plummer as Scrooge. Here is the trailer:

“This is a very presumptuous film,” said Christmas fan and would-be film critic, Arnold Yates, via MSN. “Charles Dickens was great but he certainly didn’t invent Christmas. Bah Humbug!”

That sentiment is growing online as the preview makes the rounds.

The movie purports to tell the story of the inspiration Dickens received in writing A Christmas Carol, a creation that supposedly saved his writing career. The bigger point seems to be the idea that because Dicken’s short story was so well received it also somehow saved Christmas in the process.

Indeed, history recounts the surge in popularity Christmas enjoyed from 1843 forward in secular culture, both in England and in the United States. From that point forward society grew in appreciation of everything from Santa Claus to Christmas trees.

But had that train already left the station when Dickens climbed aboard it?

Indeed, that is true as well. Some 20 years previous to A Christmas Carol the poem A Visit from St. Nicholas was published and was already running on a traditional schedule every holiday season. Though few governments around the world recognized Christmas as a legal holiday it was widely celebrated faithfully in Christian churches and had been for centuries.

We know enough of history for centuries before Dickens to know that while Christmas took a hit here and there it never suffered for want of attention. Many of the famous in history, from Christopher Columbus to George Washington and beyond famously celebrated Christmas and there is no denying it.

This is what has so many Christmas fans upset, their love for Dickens notwithstanding.

This movie, some contend, is just Hollywood’s way of promoting the secular Christmas and demeaning those who might have a spiritual tie to the season — people, indeed, like Dickens himself.

SOURCE: https://christmasweekly.com/backlash-building-man-invented-christmas/

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Santa Bruce Geron

I'm looking forward to this movie. Charles Dickens had a very interesting life and the origins of his Christmas Carol and other Christmas novellas are fascinating.

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Santa Bob of Tulsa

I am looking forward to this movie as well ,it looks fun.

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SantaMikeUK

Hollywood has a sad habit of bending and often rewriting history. This seems to be just another example of that.

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SantaShawnH

I like the trailer and I'm definitely interested in this movie. 

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KrisKringleJxn

Granted the title sounds misleading, but there doesn't seem to be much in the preview that claims that Dickens "invented" Christmas.  This looks like a wonderful telling of how the iconic story took shape.  I will be checking it out when it comes out, if it makes it to the theatres in my town.

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Santa Bruce Geron

The statement that Dickens invented Christmas is not accurately represented. Through all of Dickens' Christmas writings, episodic and novella, he chronicled traditional English Christmas traditions of celebration. His stories made people rethink how they were losing the season and how the industrial revolution in the Victoria Period was distracting family celebrations. Because of these stories, people began to rejuvenate their family traditions, thus he is given the title. Many others have collected or reorganized how we celebrate many events, e.g.. Martha Stewart, and other self proclaimed life style writers, networks, and bloggers.  

I still want to see this film no matter how accurate or thin on facts it may be. Wait, it comes out during our busy season, hopefully there will be late showings.

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Steve Pulera

A Christmas Carol, is one of my favorites.  And I'm a Downton Abbey Fan, (Mathew from here is playing Dickens).....so I'm in.  Appears to be a unique take on it, all star cast etc.  

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Santa Everett

Went to see this movie yesterday and really enjoyed it. I now have a better understanding of the phrase "writers block" as the movie brings out difficulties encountered during writing.

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Eileen Strom

Watched it yesterday, and other than the theater having the volume way too high (I even had foam earplugs in and I could hear without a problem), I enjoyed it. I will try to go see it again before the season ends, along with a list of other movies that are out for the season.

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Steve Pulera

For some reason, they don't have it in Kenosha or Racine, WI theaters.  So going to cross the state line to see it.

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Santa G

I watched this movie last week and really enjoyed it, a great new way to tell a Christmas Carol.

the title is definitely misleading but a great movie nonetheless.

cheers,

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Frost

I look forward to seeing this film too, it looks fun and that's all I really care about as long as it's not disrespectful of the holiday.  Most of our Christmas traditions, even Santa, pre-dates Christianity, so there will always be someone to find something to complain about. Hollywood is just a place to create entertainment and make a profit doing so. It is what it is. 

Merry Christmas

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Piccolo the Elf

Just seen it and it's not to bad 😊😊

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Jerry Nebel

Went a couple nights ago. It was great to have a "date night" after being away for a couple weeks up in Seattle. The movie was OK. 

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